hoda adra

May 25 to 28, 2022


lebanon, montreal, brumania



May 25, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

May 26, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

May 27, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

May 28, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

A is for algorithm, anecdote, arrive, or annihilate. A is also for airplane, abs, and after.

A unearths thirty hand-written journals recording a long period of isolation. Imagined and created by the spoken-word poet Hoda Adra, this performance sees her take the stage after leaving the land of Brumania, a fictitious country where pink blobs choke women’s voices. It’s the birth story of a voice, oscillating between shyness, self-censorship, seduction, humour, awkwardness, shame, urgency, satire… as if taking its first steps. Suddenly, a fluorescent pink shape appears: a pink ghost, freed from a body that occupies the kitchen and fills pages upon pages of existentialist theories. Writing becomes an experience of returning to oneself, shared as an act of resistance.

Credits: Text, staging, interpretation, drawings: Hoda Adra
Lighting design, set design, props: Catherine FP
Mentor: Clea Minaker
Dramaturgical accompaniment: Marc Béland
Technical director, stage manager: Catherine FP
Additional comments: Fanny Tousignant, Charly Mullot, Pier Porcheron
Somatic accompaniment: Meryem Alaoui
Friend of the pink ghost: Lolo Sirois
Support: Christelle Franca
Movement training: Audrey L.
Photo: Dan Popa
Acknowledgements: Philippe Manasseh, Nadim Maghzal, Aida Sabra, Zaki Mahfoud, Great Small Works, Fides Krucker, Alexei Perry Cox, Michael Lawrence, MAI

With the support of MAI’s Alliance and residency program and the Canada Council for the Arts